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1-year-old accretury-ireaM-11 TREE IN LIE ITTEE 8 GOAL' Men In Charge of Work Say Chief Difficulty Now Is Getting Spruce of Proper Size and Float The final drive for tho huge Christmas tree which is to fldat on the surface of Lake Merritt during the coming Tule holidays was un-" un-" un-" der way In earnest today. The two biggest obstacles to be surmounted are the finding of a tre and securing material for th float on which it will be anchored In tho lake, according to William P. St. Sure, general chairman of the American Leglon-Elks-Junlor Leglon-Elks-Junlor Leglon-Elks-Junlor Leglon-Elks-Junlor Leglon-Elks-Junlor Chamber of Commerce committee In charge. 1 "We've already partially solvnd the tree problem through the city park department's offer of one of their trees," Robert M. Ford, chairman chairman of' the tree committee reported. reported. "But we're looking for a typical hlg spruoo before accepting Superintendent Lee Kerfoot'a offer. , u want inn ut-Ht ut-Ht ut-Ht iiufniuju ireo nnu are canvassing lumber companies, shipping concerns and other likely prftspects. I'm sure we'll get the best that can be had." WANT OIL BRIMS. At the same time , Peter Van Houtte and E. J. McKcy. of E. II. Llscum camp of Spanish War Veterans, Veterans, are scouting the big oil companies companies for 100 empty oil drums. These are to be used as buoys for tho huge float which Is to support th tree. The trencral committee, which Is being backed by the Spanish War Veterans, Oakland Electric Club and numerous other organizations in the Eastbay, will hold its next meeting at the Elks club next Fri day noon, St. Sure said, when chairmen of sub-committees sub-committees sub-committees are scheduled to,J report progress. "All the members of . the committee committee are working hard on -tti -tti task asHlgned . to them and ths . drive Is under wav in earnest," Et, Sure said. "We'll have that tree floating In Lake Merritt by December December 15 or soon after. The preliminary preliminary work Is pretty much , complete complete and ma: y of our major prob- prob- -lems, -lems, such as cables to furnish clue--trlclty clue--trlclty clue--trlclty clue--trlclty for lighting the tree have already been solved. ," FIA A.NXIXO THK rittW ta j', t "Plans for financing the project, are being worked out and the com-j com-j com-j niltlee expects 10. nave an niw nouncemcnt to make in this regard In the Immediate future."- future."- . The Luke Merritt Christmas tr was first suggested by Robert Hill-back. Hill-back. Hill-back. 10, now dead. After his death the boy'a father, George Av llillback, wrote to The TRIBUNE Forum and publication of the letter started the campaign by which the dead boy's dream Is now to be realised. ' , The general committee organi zation was complete last uriuajr and sub-committees sub-committees sub-committees to take charge of finding a tree, arrangements were made. These are now func tinning and progress from now on" will be rapid. St. Sure declared. 1

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  1. Oakland Tribune,
  2. 19 Nov 1929, Tue,
  3. Page 29

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